Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Central Coast of California

Did a quick trip to the central coast of California last week.
Took some images before the storms arrived.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Highway 1 in to the Big Sur.

Turkey Buzzard over the Central Coast.

Seasmoke on the 17 Mile Drive.

Lone Cypress tree on the 17 Mile Drive.

The restless sea on the 17 Mile Drive.

The sea and land at the 17 Mile Drive.

Abbot Kinney Blvd

On Abbot Kinney Blvd. waiting for the green light today.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Abbot Kinney Bl.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Angelenos React to Ferguson Decision

Angelenos gathered in LA's Leimert Park to await the city of Ferguson, MO grand jury's decision on to try a Ferguson Police Officer for shooting of Michael Brown.
The grand jury decided not to try the officer for the shooting of the unarmed youth. Many Angelenos felt that the decision was racially motivated and just another form of racism against black people in America.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of LA in protest. Several roads and freeways were shut down in to the late evening.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
At Leimert Park.

After the grand jury's decision.

Leimert Park.

Taking the 'Shaw.

Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd. sit in.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top Ten Favorite Cars To See At 2014 LA Auto Show

Here's my top ten favorite cars to see at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.
My criteria was innovation, beauty, and a nod to the true automotive future.

1. MINI Superleggera Vision concept vehicle. A new possible direction for the MINI auto company. The vehicle is an electric powered rear-wheel drive vehicle designed by MINI Design Chief Andres Warming. Beautiful design cues and details.

2. A concept vehicle, the Toyota FV2 future mobility concept.

3. The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid. The 918 is a mid-engine hybrid supercar with a 608hp gas engine combined with a 279hp electric engine, for a combined output of 887hp and a top speed of 210mph.
Starting price is $845K USD.

4. Infinity Q80 plug-in hybrid concept. The "Liquid Sky" paint is 28 layers thick.

5. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT. The 350ci 500hp engine celebrates the 50 years of Mustang proudly with functional style.

6. The Maserati "Alfieri" concept. Just because.

7. The Lexus LF-C2 concept vehicle. Perfect for California.

8. Jaguar Project 7 F-Type 2016. This V-8 powered engine produces 575hp and cost $165K USD.

9. Mercedes AMG-GTS 2016. Powered by a V-8 twin turbo gas burning engine. Has a 7 speed auto transmission. No price yet.

10. Bently Grand Convertible. No price yet.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
MINI Superleggera Vision.

Toytota FV2 concept.

Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder.

Infinity Q80 concept.

Ford Mustrang Shelby GT350.

Maserati Alfieri concept.

Lexus LF-C2 concept.

Jaguar Project 7 F-Type.

Mercedes AMG-GTS.

Bently Grand Convertible concept.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Los Angeles Auto Show

The final finishing touches at the Los Angeles Auto Show held at the convention center.
The show is set to begin November 23 till the 30th.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
A vintage creation from the Hollenbeck Color Studio.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Venice Beach Photo Workshop

Sign up for my Venice Beach Photo Workshop on Saturday December 6th, 2014.
Photojournalist Jonathan Alcorn and myself will be instructing the daylong workshop at Venice Beach. There is a hosted lunch and a special guest instructor, Nick Ut, who will be joining us.
This workshop is for all abilities of photographer and great for those who want to learn to use their cameras to travel and tell stories.

Sign up and more info, email me at



Join us.

Monday, November 10, 2014

11 11 11

Thank you to all Veterans.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
The crosses at Arlington West Memorial @ Santa Monica Beach.

Harold Henry Park 2.0

Groundbreaking was held today for upgrades to my local park, Harold Henry Park.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge was on hand along with several city officials for the ceremonies. Upgrades will include better physical access to the park for all, new water fountains, shade and picnic area, and new California friendly plants.
Harold Henry was a Los Angeles City Councilmember from 1942-1962.

photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Harold Henry pre-upgrade.

Councilmember LaBonge giving a speech.

Councilmember LaBonge.

The upgrades begin.

Groundbreaking at Henry Park.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Wall 25 Years Later

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A 10 segment portion of the wall is located at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Met a former soldier who used to patrol the western part of the wall for the US Army. He said visiting the wall today is helping with the healing process of being stationed at Check Point Charlie back in the height of the cold war.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
10 segments.

Reagan quote.

The wall deteriorating.

Wall detail.

John, former US Army soldier at the wall.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Photo Workshop in Venice Beach

Sign up for my Venice Beach photo workshop set for Saturday December 6th, 2014.
Legendary photojournalist will be joining us.
All abilities are welcome to sign up. This hands-on in the field workshop if for those who want to learn travel photography and how to use your camera to tell photo stories.

Any questions or to sign up, email me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Red Celebrity

A lovely late 1980's red Chevrolet Celebrity convertible parked on a Los Angeles street.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Best car in America at it's time.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Make your voice heard today.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 1992
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Venice Beach Photoworkshop

Join Jonathan Alcorn, Nick Ut, and myself on my inaugural Venice Beach Photoworkshop. You will photograph some amazing folks and see some brilliant places in and around Venice Beach.
Nick Ut will will be our special guest photographer. 
This will be a hands-on in the field photoworkshop, you will get amazing photos.

Email me to sign up or ask any questions.
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Looks like fun.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mushroom Season at the Larchmont Farmers Market

The fall season now brings amazing assortments of mushrooms found at the Larchmont Farmers Market on Sundays.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Little white ones.

Assortment basket.

Trippy weird looking ones.

Lovely tan ones.

Lobster shrooms.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos

Saw this wonderful alter in downtown LA's Grand Park. It frames LA City Hall perfectly.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Feliz dia de los muertos.